Welcome to the art gallery of works by S.A. Smith

Smith is a contemporary artist whose work is influenced by images created in Asia, Europe and in the Americas. ​The ​painter works on paper surfaces and creates constructed paintings utilizing cut forms and planes. The works are meant to be contemplative, with the viewer bringing personal experience to the visual discourse.

Artist's Statement

The most elegant and succinct art statement I have read, was provided by a student/artist I worked with in the
First Street Gallery and Art Center, a program meeting the needs of disabled adult artists. Her work had been
selected for presentation in a group showing of Southern California artists. Of the artists chosen, three were
asked to provide statements to be included in the program. The first two were somewhat long and very much
steeped in philosophy and explanation. Helen’s was simple: “I like to paint.” Succinct and to the point:
mirroring my own feelings I have developed with advancing years.

For those wishing more elucidation, I deal with the concepts of time and of barriers. I play with various
philosophical concepts through the use of symbols I equate with the idea moving me at the moment.
Like a computer dump, I play with all the symbols that relate to an idea, placing them in design relationships.

Rather than provide a one to one explanation of the meanings of a particular work, it is preferable for each
viewer to bring his or her own experience to a work using it as a vehicle to create a more intimate experience.
Like meeting a person, the more time spent learning about the individual, you become richer: the same is true
of a work of art. Visit it often and your understanding and perceptions about both the work and of yourself
will increase.

There are two artists who have had a major impact on the direction of my work in the last ten to fifteen years.
One is John Egan, an artist, print maker and teacher. He taught me to enjoy and celebrate the materials: not to
try to force the materials into conformity, but to celebrate the reaction of the material to the environment.
The other artist is Danny Keller, a student of mine at First Street. It was Danny who reintroduced me to the
joy of just pushing paint around: celebrating the ritual of creating a work of art.

               A history regarding the genesis of my chop.

                    The chop is an artist's stamp serving as a unique identifier of the creator of a work of
                    art. Each one is a
personal representation of some aspects of that particular person.

                    In my case, there are two elements incorporated in the design. In the lower area, there is a
                    meandering stream which happens to be in an "S" form: luckily for me both my first and
                    last names start with the letter "S." The upper area shows Fujiyama, the most notable
                    landmark of Japan, which is where I was born.

Icon for My Parents, 2001
Mixed Media Constructed Painting
20 X 24 inches

Guide, 2011
Mixed Media on Paper
15 X 20 inches

Kitsune, 2009
Constructed Box, Mixed Media
12 X 15 inches

Icarus, 2009
Mixed Media on Paper
15 X 20 inches

Mebh, 2012
Mixed Media on Paper
15 X 20 inches

All work © S.A. Smith 2015
Fox Woman, 2012
Mixed Media on Paper
15 X 20 inches